1. Eating a kosher diet.
3. Not killing thy neighbor
4. 7th day Sabbath
5. Getting baptized
What is it that separates works from a Christian simply being obedient?
They are *ALL* considered ":works":: in fact, they are all ":GOOD WORKS":.
But let us not think of good works as a bad thing: they are, of course, *GOOD* works and are not bad. Nowhere in God’s word are we prohibited from doing good works. It is not as if ":a sin a day keeps legalism away.":: let us not have this attitude or philosophy!
Consider the fourth commandment. Often it is characterized as we are not to do any work period: I disagree. If you read the commandment in its context, it is that we are not to do OUR OWN WORKS. ":Six days you shall labor and do all *YOUR* WORK":.
It is not wrong to visit others, and help those in need, etc on the Sabbath. Jesus said, ":Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.": (Matthew 12:12: Mark 3:1-6).
As I mentioned earlier, it is not wrong to do good works. In fact, good works is a critical and essential part of God’s plan of salvation: it is called SANCTIFICATION, where we are transformed into Christ’s likeness by the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Ephesians 2:8-9 is often cited to demonstrate that we are not saved by works, and that is true. We are not saved by what we do, but by Christ’s finished work on the cross, an by His work of sanctification in our lives until we are glorified. (All three components are part of salvation: Justification, Sanctification, &: Glorification — and it is all or none, we cannot ask to be saved from the penalty of sin … i.e. justification … but ask God to leave us unchanged and to permit us to live sinfully … i.e. rejecting sanctification).
But verse 10 is most often left off:
":For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.":
It was preordained by God Himself that we should do good works. God wants us to do good works: and to say otherwise is the same as saying that God wants us to do evil works.
Doing good works is our obedience to Him. But the motive for these good works is not to obtain or earn salvation (i.e. not a means unto salvation), but rather this obedience is done out of our love and appreciation for Him and for everything He has done for us: it is the RESULT of our salvation. It is the fruitage of salvation.
If we do not have good works, then that is evidence that the Holy Spirit is not working in our lives and not sanctifying us: for how can we possibly have a meaningful encounter with Jesus Christ and not be changed?!
None of them.
Doing ":works": is walking the walk, not just talking about it. It is following the teachings of and examples set by Jesus. It is letting the world see ":your good works": and it is ":working out your salvation in fear and trembling.": It is having charity, taking care of the poor, sick, and needy. It is making sure there are no poor, either in spirit or body, among us.
All of those are found in the New Testament and there is nothing that separates ‘works’ from a Christian being obedient. Doing good works is part of that obedience. And, according to the parable of the talents, it is our works upon which our reward depends and if we fail to do good works with what we are given, then we shall be cast out.
That does not say that our salvation is dependent upon our works only, but faith, belief, obedience, and works are all part of it. The final decision isn’t ours, but is God’s and it is upon the grace of God that we are dependent for our salvation. That is why obedience to God is so important. He has not, does not, or will not put up with disobedient children.
You’re missing the point. It’s not about how we behave. It’s about what we believe. Works done on our own strength (instead of through the Holy Spirit ) will be burned up in the fire. Likewise works done in obedience to the letter of the Law (as opposed to the spirit of the law) will be burned up in the fire. Finally, works done out of self promotion or self gratification (as opposed to thanskgiving for what the Lord has done for us) will be burned up in the fire.
So what are we left with?
There’s no requirement for anyone other than an Old Covenant Jew to eat kosher.
Tithing (mandatory 10% of your increase) has been replaced by give what the Holy Spirit prompts you to give.
Not killing your neighbor has been upgraded to love your neighbor.
The 7th day Sabbath takes a bit more of an explanation. ItвЂ™s been demonstrated in both secular and religious studies that resting one day out of seven makes a person more productive on the other six. And the Bible encourages us to associate with other believers who can encourage us and pray for us when things are going bad, and rejoice with us when everything is good. The easiest time to do that is on Sunday, and we can take a break from work at the same time.
ThatвЂ™s why Jesus said, вЂњThe Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.вЂќ(Mark 2:27) And later Paul wrote, вЂњTherefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come: the reality, however, is found in Christ.вЂќ (Col 2:16-17). These two statements warn us against turning the weekly Sabbath into a rule that has to be obeyed to avoid punishment.
In Hebrews 4 weвЂ™re told that for Christians the Old Testament Sabbath restriction against work represents our life long rest from the work of salvation after accepting the LordвЂ™s death as payment for our sins. On the 7th day the Lord rested from His work of Creation because it was finished. When we are saved the work of our new creation is finished as well (2 Corinth. 5:17). Work on the Sabbath was punishable by death as a warning to believers against continuing to work for our salvation, because doing so means we donвЂ™t really believe Jesus died for us. And that means we arenвЂ™t really saved and are destined for death.
What this all means is that you have the freedom to observe the Sabbath or not. Doing so is good for you in many ways, but itвЂ™s not mandatory. What is mandatory is that you remember your Sabbath Rest (resting from the work of your salvation) and keep it holy.
Baptism is the outward acknowledgement of what has already occurred in the hearts of believers. It’s not a requirement for salvation but it can build up the body of Christ and even help an unbeliever understand the significance of the decision to accept the Lord’s pardon for our sins.
Scripture tells us the Lord knows our hearts and that’s the primary issue here. What we do for the Lord under His direction and blessing is a good work. What we do for ourselves in our own strength is of no value at all.
What is works ? Baali rules and regulation write in his book called the bible. Hosea. 2:16 call the creator of heaven and earth. Baali or Ishi. Eating is a work because it is a sin to be a gluttony. Tithing is a work of the old law, not a law of the new testament church. No apostle taught to give tithing in the new testament. Killing your neighbor is a evil work in Gal 5:chapter.Seventh day is a old law work not to be used in the new testament. Getting baptized is a new testament Emmanuel church works. Isa 7:14, Acts 2:38,
kosher – conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework. NOT CHRISTIAN.
Tithing??? LOL Read Hebrews 7:9-11
not killing your neighbor … a good one
7th day Sabbath, for the Jews or Israelites
Getting baptized? what sect or religion?????
There were lots of works. help the elders and give to the needy.
All but number 1.
None of the above. I can’t answer for christians, but I have discovered ‘good works’ are done with the mind, only, for with the mind I serve the law of God, with the body, the law of sin and death.
Galation 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.
and all that derives from those
Works are merely Christians being obedient
Ephesians 2: 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
They’re all works, sorry. And they’re in two categories: Good works and bad works.
The works in and of themselves are not good or bad, at least not these ones: it’s the motive and desire behind them that is good or bad.
For example: Getting baptized because you know it will please God and it will be a testimony to others is a good work.